Lamar embraces this role, like he did a year ago, and now he is a defending champion!

Picture 1Press Enterprise: The Lakers sat in the same seats during Wednesday’s bus ride to Anaheim as they did on the way to every game a year ago, just one of their subtle attempts to keep last season’s championship magic alive.

They still have the same lockers. They still chant “1-2-3 Ring” after every practice. And, aside from free agent Ron Artest taking Trevor Ariza’s place at small forward, they apparently still have the same starting lineup.

Before opening the preseason against Golden State, Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed he will start Andrew Bynum and bring Lamar Odom off the bench, explaining he saw no reason to deviate from the lineup that was so effective a year ago.

Odom initially bristled at coming off the bench for the first time in his career last season, but this season he quashed that line of questioning quickly.

“I wouldn’t change it. We won a championship,” he said. “I’m comfortable with my position. I’m still playing enough minutes. I have no problem with it. I’ve found my niche, my lane, as far as what this team needs me to do. It would be stupid of me to fool with that.”

  • Short Dog

    This teams deep. Get your triple doubles Odom.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Kobe will be Kobe. Pau will be Pau. DFish will be….you get it.

    The big thing this season is the progression of Bynum and how Artest steps in. With his debut on Wednesday, Ron did not interupt the flow of the offense and Bynum was huge under the basket.

    This team is just as deep as it was last year and has actually gotten better becuase of Artest. I think I just wet my pants again! lol